ALTHOUGH the Burgundy region is known for its wine it also has a history and character that may appeal to property hunters.
In the east of France it contains the departments of Côte d'Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Yonne.
The major towns are Dijon, Auxerre and Nevers and the region is bisected by the A6 autoroute that allows access to Paris in a couple of hours.
And the channel ports and tunnel are around six hours away and the region is well served by train services.
Dijon is the main town in the region and is rightly proud of its heritage, with eight museums, the Liberation Square (top) and a wide range of theatre and musicals throughout the year.
Auxerre is not only famous for its football team but is also a growing industrial centre and has a strong transport infrastructure.
The region is popular for Parisians as a place for second homes, because it is simple to reach after finishing work on a Friday.
Property prices according to the French National Association of Estate Agents (FNAIM) rose by 7.6% in 2003
There are some bargains available in the region including an old farmhouse with two bedrooms and gas central heating for €74,701 …more.
Or if you are looking for something a little bigger an old farmhouse (ref:833) with three, possibly five, bedrooms and with extensive grounds for € 121 960 …more.
The weather in this region can be cold during the winter, but does not have the snow of the Alps and it is clear there are some interesting properties if you can spend some time searching.